Patriots-Broncos: Pregame notes

Patriots-Broncos: Pregame notes
January 19, 2014, 10:30 am
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GAME TIME: 3:05 p.m. EST

TV NETWORK: CBS

TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson

NATIONAL RADIO NETWORK: Westwood One

NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Tim Ryan

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak

ALL-TIME SERIES BETWEEN THE TEAMS: Broncos lead, 27-20

LAST MEETING: Patriots 34, Broncos 31 (o.t.) on Nov. 24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium

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-- Tom Brady is playing in his eighth AFC Championship Game in 12 years as a starter (2001-07, 2009-13), tying Charlie Waters and Jack Reynolds for most starts in a conference championship game.

-- The Patriots are 7-2 in the AFC Championship Games. They defeated the Dolphins in 1985, the Jaguars in 1996, the Steelers in 2001, the Colts in 2003, the Steelers in 2004, the Chargers in 2007 and the Ravens in 2011. They lost to the Colts in 2006 and the Ravens in 2012.

-- The Patriots are 3-1 in AFC Championship Games on the road, winning in 1985, 2001 and '04, and losing in 2006.

-- Brady is 10-4 in head-to-head matchups with Peyton Manning, including 2-1 in the playoffs.

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WHAT TO LOOK FOR
-- With a victory, the Patriots will advance to their eighth Super Bowl, matching Dallas and Pittsburgh for the most Super Bowl appearances.

-- With a victory, the Patriots will have won seven conference titles under owner Robert Kraft. Kraft is already the first NFL owner to bring his team to six Super Bowls.

-- Kraft (21) needs one more postseason win to tie Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. for the fourth-most postseason wins by an ownership group, behind 33 by the Rooney family, 30 by Green Bay and 24 by the Mara family.

-- Bill Belichick (19) needs one more postseason victory to move into a first-place tie with Tom Landry (20) for most postseason victories.

-- Belichick needs to earn one more Super Bowl berth to match Don Shula with six.

-- If LeGarrette Blount runs for 100 yards at Denver, he will join Laurence Maroney (2007) and Craig James (1985) as the only Patriots with back-to-back 100-yard games in the postseason.

-- A victory today will give Brady the most conference championships by a quarterback in NFL history. He is currently tied with John Elway, at five.